I love you all!
This week was amazing! Sister Earl and I saw many miracles due to our determination and faith. The last few weeks of last transfer were a little discouraging for us...okay, a LOT discouraging. With the start of this transfer we decided that we needed to change our attitudes. We did our weekly planning, and told Heavenly Father that we were going to work very hard, but that we expected miracles in return! Bold, we know. But we were willing to work for it! And we did just that!
Our Zone Focus was to have three new investigators. I think we had three new investigators TOTAL last transfer! But, we knew that we had promised to work hard and we expected miracles. , we stopped at Wendy's (obviously) to get a bite to eat, and found a wonderful older couple- two new investigators on day one! We were so grateful and could not wait to continue working hard. Later in the week, we received a phone call from a number that was not saved in our phone. I answered the phone and the sister on the other end of the phone told me that she lived in Eugine, Oregon and that she has a friend who lives in our area, Mary. She told us that Mary was interested in investigating the Church and that she had been reading many Ensign articles and familiarizing herself with mormon.org. She explained that Mary was currently Catholic but that she was unhappy with the beliefs and practices of the religion. then she told us that Mary would be coming to church the very next day! She literally called us and gave us an investigator! Mary did in fact come to church yesterday. She stayed all three hours and felt the Spirit very strongly. She even cried during Sacrament Meeting! We have an appointment to meet with her , and cannot wait to begin helping her come closer to her Savior!
My favorite part about all of this, was that we didn't find ANY of these people ourselves! We promised to work hard, and Heavenly Father kept His end of the bargain and put these people in our paths. I know that as we continue to forget ourselves and go to work, that we will continue to see miracles. I know that as we set goals that are realistic, but that stretch us, we will continue to see the Lord's help. This is His work and He will not leave us alone in it. I am so grateful for the opportunity I have to be a missionary at this exciting time. I am so humbled by the trust that the Lord has placed in me, and I hope to never lose that trust.
Brothers and sisters, loved ones! We need to learn to trust our Heavenly Father! He knows us better than we know ourselves, He has known us since before we came to this earth and received our bodies! Because of this, we NEED to trust Him. Do you realize what that even means? It means being completely okay with submitting your will to His, and knowing that things will still work out for your good. It's like doing the "trust fall", but with God. I'm pretty sure He'll catch us! He would never ask us to do an impossible thing! He would never tell you to do something that you could not accomplish without His help, and I know this to be true.
This may be difficult at times, because "...the Lord may not see fit to deliver you from your trials." (Mosiah ) Why would that be? Because He wants to torture you? NO. Because He is refining you. He is giving you the opportunity to be the best that you can be. Do not let that opportunity to grow and learn turn into you complaining and wasting the valuable time that He has given you here on earth. All we are asked to do is the best that we can with His help. And be of good cheer, the future is as bright as your faith! Your best is good enough, are you doing your best? You have a divine, eternal potential that you cannot even imagine. Of this I am sure.
[Go read Forget Me Not by Dieter F. Uchtdorf!]
I love you all so much and am so grateful for your love and support!
Keep up the prayers!
Sister Kadee Taylor